KENNETH A. WADE, LT, USN
Kenneth Wade '46
Date of birth: July 24, 1922
Date of death: February 8, 1955
From the 1946 Lucky Bag:
From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times on February 9, 1955:
LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb, 9. A screaming jet plane carried its pilot, Lt. Kenneth A. Wade, 33. of Coronado, Calif., to death in a dive from 36,000 feet into an ocean shore canyon not far from residential districts yesterday. At least one housewife saw the Navy F9F2 Panther disintegrate before it struck in the canyon with an explosion that shook homes and hotels in La Jolla's north section and buildings at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The plane went into the dive at 36,000 feet, another pilot reported. He called by radio for the doomed pilot to "pull out" but got no response. Other Navy airmen said it was possible he was already unconscious and that failure of his oxygen equipment may have caused him to lose his senses and control ot the jet.
He was a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 122. His crash was the fifth of a Panther in three weeks from Miramar Naval Air Station.
Kenneth is buried in California; he was survived by his mother. (Information from April 1955 issue of Shipmate.)
Korean War Experience
Unable to find many details, but in addition to this photograph his headstone indicates he was awarded the Air Medal and three gold stars.